The Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism

The Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) and the domestic football league have set an example in the fight against antisemitism. ÖFB President Gerhard Milletich and Bundesliga CEO Christian Ebenbauer signed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism on Thursday at Vienna's Judenplatz. This serves as the basis for a strong stand against antisemitism.

According to the IHRA definition, antisemitism is “a certain perception of Jews that can be expressed as hatred of Jews. antisemitism, in word or deed, is directed against Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and / or their property as well as against Jewish community or religious institutions. ”In the presence of Vice Chancellor and Sports Minister Werner Kogler, Israeli Diaspora Minister Nachman Shai and the President of the IKG confirmed Oskar Deutsch, to work together with clubs and fans against all forms of antisemitism in football.

The adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism helps to bring antisemitic thought patterns from the unconscious to a conscious level, to question and dismantle them. So that they are finally no longer passed on, ”explained Hannah Lessing, co-chair of IHRA Austria.

Milletich emphasized that the ÖFB stands for respect, tolerance and integration in all areas of society. “As the largest sports association in Austria, we strive to help shape an environment in which all people, regardless of religion or origin, treat each other and live with respect. Football has a strong integrative power that we use to stand up for our values ​​and to take a resolute stand against antisemitism and racism in any form. ”Ebenbauer also emphasized that exclusion and discrimination had no place in football. "The international match against Israel is a welcome occasion to focus on the fight against antisemitism after the previous commitment against racism, discrimination and homophobia."

Oskar Deutsch said that it is now also important to set sustainable accents in the fight against antisemitism in the fan area and in amateur popular sports. Sports Minister Kogler said they wanted to be a role model in implementing the European strategy against antisemitism and racism. "To broaden the fight against antisemitism, the 'most important minor matter in the world' is ideal," said the Green politician. For constitution and European minister Karoline Edtstadler, the great scope of football is also associated with a great deal of responsibility. She is pleased that the ÖFB and the Bundesliga are assuming this responsibility and that by adopting the IHRA definition, they are clearly opposing antisemitism in Austrian football, the minister said, according to a broadcast.